The Real Toy Story installation is consisted of 20,000 toys made in China and purchased in California that Michael Wolf (German artist and photographer who lives and works in Hong Kong and Paris) attached with magnets to the walls of the gallery, along with photographs of workers making the toys.
Dale Dreiling is a multi-media artist whose work rebukes the traditional concept of beauty by overlapping existing aesthetic ideals, incorporating both the expected and unexpected. His body of work demonstrates his capability for realistic technique as well as his sensibility for impressionistic representations of the everyday, strongly occupying the grey space of not-highbrow, nor-lowbrow. Playing in limbo presents a challenge unique to contemporary art: bringing new perspective to dancing down the middle of the road. Dreiling has an innate sense of when to veer one direction or the other, revealing a mastery of that ever elusive balance: the beauty in in-betweeenness. Dreiling is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. He is an Art Director for Studio Number One and currently lives in South Pasadena, CA.
Stefan Behlau <-- Born 1979, Zurich, Switzerland; Education: B.F.A. 2006, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
” I was born in Illinois in 1983 and I continue to live there today. Despite always having had the urge to grab a crayon or a camera, I’m something of an apprehensive artist. It has taken time for me to grow comfortable with the notion of sharing my work with others. As my voice has grown stronger, with ideas and critiques, I have found the prospect of sharing experiences through art quite advantageous. Through the reflexive extension of my own personal exploration of the field, many of the conversations in my work are about art itself. What does art mean to me? What purpose does it serve in my life and in the lives of others? What are the “boundaries” of the art experience? Are there any?” – Chad Wys
Katharine Morling is an award-winning artist working in the medium of ceramics. She set up her studio in 2003 and has since gained international acclaim for her work.
‘The Tetrarc agency has put its name to the Hub Créatic in Nantes, a building dedicated to young companies developing new digital applications. Behind its lively yellow walls, the building assembles seventy of these start-ups businesses. It has affirmed their presence in the town and offers them a scalable work space at a reduced rent where they can finalise their creations, live out the first moments of their existence and recognise their early development. It gathers them around a vast swirling atrium, a spatial design favourable to communication and the synergy of projects. Here architecture and innovation work in harmony.’ Link here.
” Inspired by the works of Alberto Seveso, I created my own series of paint in water sculptures. The idea behind this series was to show that from Destruction comes Creation. As the paint falls there is a constant point of creation, but at the same time it destroys itself. ” – Chris Slabber
Thierry Carrier (Born in 1973 in Corrèze) works with sensitive art more than with perceivable art. His painting is the reflection of his own aspiration to silence. Indeed, his figures (which are often a representation of himself) are not established in a recognizable geographical space. His painting are willingly untitled. These unusual codes made of him an artist different from the others portraitists. In front of several arrangements, the spectator can discover a world of silence, an uncluttured representation of humains, an impenetrable figure with an inexpressible poetry. (via Twentytwo Gallery)
Markus Leitsch explores the complex relationship between cultivation and domestication. What is the source and the motor of human creation transforming our environment? There is a desire for perfection and immortality humans project on technology, but what are the consequences and the monstrosities resulting from it? His at times deft and morbid installations, videos and photographs using stuffed animals and explicit sexual imagery are somewhat related to the tradition of the art movement ‘Wiener Aktionismus’, while he develops his very personal adaptation of it.
Alex Prager (born November 1, 1979) is an American art photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. Her photographs primarily use staged sets and models to create “film-like” images that invite a myriad references, not only to the history of Hollywood and photography, but also the cinematic image in art contexts. The subjects of her works, exaggerated and costumed, some times “hyper-real” speak to the ambiguity of seduction and spectacle.